What is a workshop without the right kind of power tools? If you intend to make the most of your DIY workshop, you ought to invest in a variety of power tools with which you can leverage your creativity and increase the productivity in your work den. Any home DIYer ought to own these three crucial workshop tools:
Providing the needed accuracy and power for drilling holes, a drill press delivers a lot more than simply drilling by hand. A benchtop drill press can come with a minimum swing of 12 inches, but there are smaller models in the 8-inch range that can do just as well for lighter hole-making tasks.
You want a solidly-constructed machine, with the critical parts such as the head, table, column, and base made of high-quality steel and cast iron. Typically, drill presses feature pre-drilled holes that enable you to fasten the unit securely to the bench, stand, or floor.
What determines whether the unit is a benchtop or a floor model is the length of the hollow column. While a benchtop unit features a column ranging between 23 and 48 inches, a floor model will have a height between 66 and 75 inches.
The entire working mechanism of the drill press is in the head, which is mounted to the column’s upper part. The spindle is an essential part of the head and it rotates in a vertical position. The spindle is housed in bearings at either end of the quill, which is a movable sleeve. The quill that carries the spindle uses a basic rack-and-pinion gear system to move downward via a feed lever.
The quill goes back to its original up position when you release the feed handle. You can adjust the settings to lock the quill and preset the depth of travel for the quill. Most workshop drill presses feature a quill travel or stroke between 2 and 3.25 inches.
Typically, this type of machine comes with a ½-inch capacity chuck with a key. This component delivers the best grip for all-purpose drilling. You can attach a host of drill press accessories into the geared chuck.
A table saw can be an expensive acquisition but the investment is worth it. That said, there are cheaper yet high-quality models equipped with a stand and that can do every single thing you need it to do. The machine should enable you to set it at a specific cutting measurement for consistency in the work results even for large-scale projects.
If you don’t have the room or budget for a table saw, no matter how inexpensive, you could always get a circular saw. A circular saw can be a faster and more convenient alternative to a table saw.
A circular saw is useful for making long, straight cuts on materials like medium-density fiberboard and plywood. It will work much better on those projects when paired with a long and straight fence plus a couple of C-clamps to secure the fence in place when cutting. The type of blade determines the cutting agility of a circular saw.
A jigsaw can be used to cut out the circular fretwork panels on French doors, along with the frame for a scalloped mirror project for the home. You want the blade on this machine to be solid and able to cut straight as an arrow. A genuinely good jigsaw will give you fine detail cutting results.
A sliding, compound miter saw should not present any accuracy and design issues to allow you to cut items up to around 14 inches in width. A miter saw proves to be highly useful for cutting and installing baseboards, installing crown moldings, and framing doorways, among many other projects. For a bit of home improvement, you can’t go wrong with a miter saw, some nails, and a hammer.
A rotary sander
A quality rotary sander needs to have variable speeds to enable you to sand beautifully. It needs to have a lightweight design although there are larger sanders available. Look for palm sanders that are small and provide one-handed operations. It is all you will ever need in your DIY workshop.